1st World Congress on Manual SICS (Dec 4-6, 2015)

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Dear Doctors,

Cataract surgery is the most common procedure performed in eye departments and forms the backbone of most practices & eye care programs. It has evolved greatly in the past two decades and phacomulsification and manual small incision cataract surgery are today techniques of choice to treat cataract.

The International Society for Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgeons (ISMSICS) is organizing its 8th International event, the 1st World Congress on SICS in Pune, India from 4-6th December 2015. The Comprehensive Cataract Conference (CCC) shall have deliberation on all aspects of cataract surgery from operation theatre preparation & sterilization to patient selection & positioning, surgical technique, postoperative care & refraction. It will have a wide array of live surgical demonstrations of various types of cataract surgery & focus on the entire gamut of cataract management. Nearly 20 faculties from 8 countries have confirmed and we expect more. There would be sessions on concomitant management of cataract & glaucoma, cataract & petrygium and cataract & posterior segment problems (uveitis, vitrectomised eye, diabetic maculopathy, etc).

Pune is a green, historical city with salubrious climate. December is very pleasant, may be a bit chilly. This cultural capital of Maharashtra has numerous hill stations and world heritage sites within few hours driving distance. The Mumbai International airport is just 3 hours away. Please confirm your participation at earliest so we can give you the best facilities in December. Please do contact any of us if you have any queries. There is our website www.ismsics.org and www.poseye.org for further details.

You could also send your registrations & free paper abstracts by post to the ISMSICS office address. There is a competition section with attractive prizes for the free papers & posters. But registration is mandatory for presentation. (Dr. Gogate’s Eye Clinic, 102-Kumar Garima, Tadiwala Road, Pune-411001. Ph : 020-66027227, 26059723, 9am to 6pm). Email: dr.gogate@gmail.com

Dr. Amulya Sahu


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Scientific Programme of IIRSI 2015 at Chennai

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Happy New Year 2015

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Happy New Year 2015

Wishing all the members a very happy 2015. May we all share our experiences and knowledge even more in the coming year and strive to achieve academic excellence in the coming year. We owe it to ourselves and we owe it to our patients. Let us all resolve to always keep “The Patient First” ….


Dr Sarbjit Singh (283)

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Management of Dry Eye Syndrome | Dr Sameera Irfan FRCS

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Basic principles for spectacle prescription in children |Dr Sameera

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Basic principles for spectacle prescription in children

If every ophthalmologist in his/her practice donates one day in a month to screen kids with a COVER TEST and gives appropriate glasses, STRABISMUS WOULD DISAPPEAR 

except the congenital convergence insufficiecy and Essential infantile Et (causing a large angle XT & ET respectively)

Some basic principles for spectacle prescription in children:

1) After checking visual acuity in either eye, PERFORM A COVER TEST FOR NEAR (at 33 cm) and then at FAR distance ( 3 m).
2) If an ESOPHORIA OR ESOTROPIA is detected, even though the patient has a 6/6 VA in either eye, do an ATROPINE REFRACTION.
3) Give a FULL PLUS correction if the child is under 6 years age.
4) If the child is more than 6 yrs, do a SUBJECTIVE REFRACTION once the affect of atropine wears off i.e after 1 week and give MAXIMUM PLUS THAT THE CHILD CAN TOLERATE.
5) If on Cover Test, EXOPHORIA or EXOTROPIA is detected, then do a refraction with Cyclopentolate.
6) If you get a MINUS REFRACTION, GIVE ALL THE MINUS SPHERO-CYLINDER along with convergence exercises.
7) If you get a plus refraction, then change the cylinder to a MINUS IN THE OPPOSITE MERIDION (as illustrated by previous example).
8) If there is a zero refractive error but the child has an exophoria, if you do not treat it with a minus sphere of -0.75 D, this phoria will soon become a tropia.
 Similarly, an esophoria with zero refractive error will become a tropia soon if no plus glasses are given.
I hope these are very clear instructions.
best regards


Dr. Sameera Irfan, FRCS
Consultant Oculoplastic Surgeon & Strabismologist,
Mughal Eye Trust Hospital,
Lahore, Pakistan


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Current Concepts in the Management of VKC | Dr Sameera Irfan

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Pathogenesis: It is mainly a Type I (immediate) hypersensitivity reaction which occurs when a sensitized individual comes in contact with a specific antigen. However recent findings implicate more a complex pathogenesis with the involvement of T lymphocytes as well.1,2

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Cataracts From Statins? More Signals Emerge in Analyses

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For now, the possibility of such a risk from statins and its potential mechanisms should be explored in prospective trials, “especially in light of increased statin use for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and the importance of acceptable vision in old age, when cardiovascular disease is common,” according to the report, published in the December 2014 issue of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology with lead author Dr Stephanie J Wise (University of British Columbia, Vancouver).

“However, because the relative risk is low and because cataract surgery is (more…) (687)

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